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Poster: staggerleib Date: Nov 30, 2009 11:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite authors ?

So... Isn't it funny how people begin sentences with So?

I was a literature major at the University of Iowa. There, I had the opportunity to take master classes from John Irving and from Kurt Vonnegut, to name a couple. Went drinking once with Vonnegut... What a trip.

Given that, I'll list out a couple of my favorite authors...

Scott Spencer (probably my all time favorite author)
TC Boyle
JD Salinger

Lately I've been reading a lot of mystery/thrillers... These always keep my interest, and are more like the McDonald's version of good literature. They fill you up, but aren't always so gourmet.

I love:
Daniel Silva
Lee Child
Michael Connolley
Jeffrey Deaver
Stieg Larsson
and many others.

I also do enjoy the light hearted stuff:
Tom Robbins
Christopher Moore

I read voraciously. It's probably because I read so much technical stuff on such a regular basis, that I need desperately to balance out with some good meaty fiction.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 30, 2009 1:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite authors ?

I've never heard of Scott Spencer, but since you went drinking with Vonnegut--one of my all-time heroes--and listed TC Boyle as one of your favorites (he is one mine as well) I must ask for Spencer recommendations. Where's the best place to start?

and at any time during your drinking w/Kurt did you manage to get him to say "so it goes"?

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Nov 30, 2009 2:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite authors ?

Um, well, not that I can remember. It was certainly a brush with greatness, but I don't remember him saying anything specifically. I don't know, I was really drunk at the time..."
There is no dark side of the moon, really. Matter of fact, it's all dark.

Scott Spencer writes about obsession. One of his books, you may have seen the movie, is Endless Love. Please don't judge the book by the movie. Anyway, my personal favorite is one called "The Rich Man's Table." In this, he writes about a guy who's a fanatic of this particular singer songwriter who seems suspiciously like Dylan, named Luke Fairweather. He becomes convinced that he's the illegitimate son of this Dylan type character and his mother who appear together on an album cover...

So he becomes obsessed, and life spins a little out of control. The prose is amazing.

Spencer writes so well that you can read fluidly and not realize how wonderful the imagery is, or how succinct are his analogies. In this one he writes lyrics as the Luke character, and you'd swear that they were Dylan lyrics from different periods of his career.

Other great novels he's written are "A Ship Made of Paper," and "Men in Black." In the former, he explores an interracial affair in a nice suburban area, and the latter he writes about a writer who suddenly and quite unexpectedly finds himself popular.

The man breaks all convention, and I just love him. He writes about one novel each 5 years.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 30, 2009 3:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite authors ?

Thanks--will definitely check him out...I love finding new authors...when I find one I like I tend to read at least a few of his/her books.